{DIY baker’s twine}

January 17, 2012

Oh, how I have been swooning over all this pretty baker’s twine out there and all the pretty colors it comes in!
But, cheap thrifty as I am, I thought there must be a way to get the colors I like for a fraction of the price. That’s when I remembered a tutorial on Alexis’ cute blog, Persia Lou. She uses Elmer’s glue to keep the strands from untwisting, which I didn’t have on hand. So, I will show you a different technique that doesn’t require any additional supplies.

I scored a 15 pack of embroidery floss for 1.95€ on eBay and had a large amount of white thread already at home, that was left over from a side job I was working on last year.

Attach three strands of thread to a door knob, drawer handle (like I did), table leg, . .  . . you get the idea. :)

Start twisting each strand clockwise . .

. . until it twists up easily when you release the tension.

When you are done twisting all three strands, hold them together and twist counter clockwise. Make sure you never, at any point, let go of the thread, or it will untwist and you will have to start over again . .  . . yes, it happened to me a couple of times . . ;)

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  1. I love your hand made bakers’ twine!! When I was a little girl we loved making twisted cords. We popped a pencil in at the twisting end and whirled it around to make the twisting easier.
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  2. This is genious, thanks! I do think that since bakers twine has become all ‘hip’ it’s seriously overpriced! Another tip: go to your local butcher and ask for the string you use to tie lamb pieces and such together. I got a huge roll for €3! Will last me till 2025 no doubt ;-)
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  3. Genius! Stumble, tweet, pin, FB. So excited to make my own baker’s twine. Thanks Vanessa!
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  4. Vanessa thank you for the link and the personal tutorial notes, so very helpful. Something about that white string with a single color running through it gets me every time.

  5. Vanessa! This is such a great idea, now I need to score a deal on some embroidery thread! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Love it! Pinned it onto my crafts idea Pinterest board:)
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  7. What a great idea — I have tons of embroidery floss!
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  8. I love it! I just discovered your blog and I’m now a new follower
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  9. You are a genius! I love bakers twine and this is a great thing to use up some embroidery floss. Thank you … I never would have thought of making my own twine.

  10. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Just pinned on my board and will make it soon!!
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  11. Vanessa, thank you so much for sharing with us how to make our own baker’s twine! I love doing things myself, so next time I’m at the thrift store, I’ll check out the bins with embroidery thread. Blessings from Bama!

  12. This is brilliant. I have tons of this thread that I’ve had no idea what to do with. Thanks!

  13. What a gorgeous site you have. Happy new follower.

  14. Oh, this is so clever. I’m definitely going to give it a go this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!!
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  15. What a fantastic idea. Found you through Ta-Da Tuesday and think this is wonderful. Thank you
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  16. Just found out about your blog from Life in the Thrifty Lane. I’m your newest follower! :)
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  17. YOURE A GENIUS!!!!
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  18. OMG, I remember cold winter evenings as a child, sitting with my Grandma and making this kind of strings to hang pom poms and other things. I have completely forgotten how easy it was to make it. Thank you for bringing my memories back! I am so going to try it with my girl! xx

  19. omg this is an awesome idea. i never wanted to pay that much for baker’s twine either so i just bought “wurstband” on ebay before but this is even nicer (and you get so many color choices). love it!! :)
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  20. Prettiest twine I have ever seen. I just sent you an email. I am excited to see if you like my idea for a giveaway. Be honest if you don’t like it, I know I can think of something else.

  21. Such a great idea!
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  22. Wow, thanks for such a great idea!

  23. Awesome!! I love this! Thanks for sharing!!

  24. This is so cool! I can’t wait to try it out!
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  25. So creative and awesome. LOVE it.. (PS: I tagged you today via a post.. Please stop in and have a looksey.. ;))) Wishing you an excellent weekend ahead.. xoxox..
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  26. I am so happy to know how to make my own baker’s twine!!! I love the stuff and will use it more now. I featured you on my blog’s Frieday Friends! feature. I hope you will go check it out. Thanks for all your hard work.
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  27. I was so happy when I saw this.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to join our Pin’Inspiration party this week. I’m hoping that you’ll pop by tomorrow and share at my “Beat The Winter Blues” party. :-)
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  28. So uber fantastic!!! thank you so very much for sharing and allowing me to glean from you!!!! be blessed
    Beyond Measure

  29. Wow! This is a great idea! TOtally going to do this! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  30. This is a great idea.

    Stopping by from Craft Junkie TGIF linky party. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2012/01/hollys-first-coat.html
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  31. I have yet to try this. I seen this before and they used a power tool to twist the thread. I wonder if you would put fray check at the end would keep it from unwinding? Keep up the great work!

  32. I have also seen people use a power drill to do the twisting.

  33. Brilliant idea!!! it’s soooooo expensive!!! Straight onto pinterest! and thanks for the drill tip Gretchen!
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  34. Wow, thanks for sharing this! I’ll have to try this soon! I came over from the Check Me Out Saturday party.
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  35. It’s like you read my mind! I want some baker’s twine for my Valentine’s Cards (didn’t get Christmas cards out this year), I was looking for a specific color but couldn’t find what I needed. This is the perfect solution! Thanks for sharing.

    If you’re interested, we’re hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up! http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/01/wayward-weekend-week-1.html
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  36. Brilliant! Thanks a bunch for linking up and this is going on the tip top of my “to make” list!
    Happy weekend :)
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  37. Thanks for the tutorial. Butchers twine is as expensive as it is popular, so I appreciate a cheaper alternative using stuff I have on hand.

  38. I tried doing that this Christmas but with two stands and they kept untwining…:( so thanks so much for this little trick I’m definitely going to try this.…xo

  39. YOU ARE A GENIOUS! I am featuring you tomorrow during my Sunday Best!
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  40. what a great tutorial! I bought some bakers twine the last time I was in the US, but you are right that it is quiet expensive. I will be trying it! Thank you for the tutorial. By the way I grew up in the US and moved to southern Germany (BW neben Schweiz und Frankreich) n 2004. I think you will enjoy Texas. I am sure that you know that designers fabrics and other craft supplies are about 2 to 3 times less expensive in the US:) wish u all the best! Great blog

  41. This is awesome! I have a ton of embroidery floss from when I was younger. Glad I can use them up now!

    I’d love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-party-number-twenty-three.html
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  42. Love this idea.…continue to see cool projects with baker’s twine, so I wrote a post linking back to your site about it today! :) “See” you Tuesday when we stumble!
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  43. found you through the 36th ave.
    new follower :)

  44. OH MY GOODNESS!! This is PUR GENIUS!!!! ;)

    THANKS for linking up!! ;0

  45. What a great idea! I just love the look of bakers twine for gifts. I am pinning this. I am a new follower visiting from The Girl Creative. Vicky from Mess For Less

  46. Brilliant! Thanks for the tip.

  47. What a great idea Vanessa! And a bargain for those threads on ebay!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
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  48. Great job Vanessa. Your simple technique makes for a fantastic visual affect.

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  49. This is pure genius! Of course I just bought 2 massive spools from Pick Your Plum last month, but thankfully I only have 2 colors. I guess its time I start using your tutorial and making other colors! :) Oh, btw I featured you yesterday on Sew Woodsy!!!
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  50. Great tutorial! Love this idea! Baker’s twine is ridiculously expensive and this is a fabulous substitute. Thanks for sharing! {I’m a new follower…found you via Here’s to Handy Andy’s linky party :0) }
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  51. Love it! This is also a great way to finish off scarves if you want a fringe. :)
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  52. So clever!! I’ve been wanting to get some baker’s twine to play around with, but haven’t been thrilled at the prices. Definitely want to try this!! Would love if you linked this great idea to my Craftastic party:)
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  53. What a fantastic idea!
    I sometimes do this with my daughter’s hair (it’s called a rope plait) and would never have thought to do this for making baker’s twine ;)
    Thank you so much for sharing — now I HAVE to go and make this — I even have the wooden dolly pegs for windng ready to go!
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  54. Hi there! I am your newest follower! This is a great idea & can’t wait to try my hand at it! I wanted to let you know I featured your tutorial in this week’s Stay At Home Nation Spotlight. Congratulations! Grab a button(I only have one) & post it proudly! I hope you link up again this week!
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  55. vanessa you are awesome. thanks for this tutorial! i am pinning this!
    – mindy from creative juice
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  56. I AM DOING IT! Can’t wait to give this a try:)

  57. Do you have to do something special to the ends to make it stay together?

  58. Thanks for this tutorial!!! I made some tonight in Valentine’s colors!!! xoxo

  59. Hallo Vanessa, habe deinen Blog gerade entdeckt, stöbere jetzt gerade durch all deine tollen Beiträge und bin total begeistert. Ich hoffe, es ist okay, dass ich auf Deutsch kommentiere, da kann ich mich besser ausdrücken ;).
    Die Idee für selbstgemachtes Baker’s Twine ist absolut genial. Ich kannte bisher immer nur die Variante, dass man weißes Garn mit Stiften einfärbt und das war immer ne riesige Sauerei! Die Idee hier werde ich auf jeden Fall ausprobieren, ich hoffe, ich habe alles richtig verstanden ;). Vielen Dank für die Inspiration :)
    Lieben Gruss

  60. I’m just loving your creations & who can get enough twine!?

    yay!!! you’ve been featured @ NORTHERN COTTAGE! C’mon over & grab a button! So glad to have ya link up! xo

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  61. I didn’t know you could do that with twine. I thought it was made out of something more special! Amazing. I would love for you to come share this with my readers at my new linky party http://rhapsodyofcacophony.blogspot.ca/2012/04/pin-ed-it-made-it-party-0427.html
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  62. I feel kind of silly for never having thought of this! :) LOVE it!
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  63. Carla Hundley says:

    This is too easy! Thanks so much for the new idea.

    Carla from Utah

  64. OMG I love it! You could do this in any color embroidery thread comes in, and that’s a TON of options! Thank you so much for linking this up to The Fun In Functional; I can’t wait to try it!
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  65. wow asdfghjk. i actually still searching any shop that sell this kind of thread around the city. this actually work better for me.
    thank you so! <3

  66. Hey, Vanessa! Just stopping by to thank you for linking up at my party and to let you know I featured you this week! Hope you’re doing well :) http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-5/
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  67. Pamela Sanders says:

    Love this techique. I do lots of scrapbooking and card making and can’t seem to let go of the purse strings to buy bakers twine. I also do lots of embroidery work so I have tons of embroidery thread. Can’t wait to try this.


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